Rep. LaFave votes to remove excessive fees for private harbors on Great Lakes

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today said he supports a measure offering relief to Upper Peninsula families being assessed excessive annual fees for property they own on the Great Lakes. LaFave said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently started charging exorbitant fees from owners of property with private boat harbors due to…

Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation flies through House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain. LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to local office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his December office hours for residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. “The U.P. deserves a representative who is accessible,” Rep. LaFave said. “Although the district I represent spans over 4,000 square miles, I have remained accessible largely through local office hours. I look forward to ending 2017…

Rep. LaFave votes for students to get more college loan information

State Rep. Beau LaFave voted this week to require state colleges to provide annual updates to students on their federal student loan status to better manage their debt. “Our Upper Peninsula college students do not need the added challenge of starting their careers under a mountain of debt,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “A simple…

House Insurance Committee approves Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation

The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain. LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance…

Rep. LaFave: Bill would boost northern Michigan recreation, sports

State Rep. Beau LaFave today testified in support of his bill to dramatically boost economic activity related to sports and recreation across northern Michigan. LaFave’s bill would create the Northern Michigan Regional Tourism and Sports Fund. The legislation requires that $1.9 million go into the fund every year for a decade, without raising taxes or…

Rep. LaFave vows to fight bill attacking school mascots

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today announced he will fight state legislation to eliminate all school mascots deemed “race and ethnicity-based.” The Escanaba and Gladstone school districts have Native American-based mascots, the Eskymos and Braves, while the North Dickinson County school’s Nordics mascot could be considered culturally insensitive despite recognizing the region’s forefathers….

Rep. LaFave: Services available to help during winter months

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain urges people in the Upper Peninsula to plan ahead and look into power and heating plans for the upcoming winter. “Everyone understands that winter can be brutal,” Rep. LaFave said. “I want to ensure everyone has the information to contact those who can assist them during emergencies with…

House Insurance Committee hears Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation

State Rep. Beau LaFave today testified in support of his air ambulance legislation before the House Insurance Committee. The measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air…

House approves LaFave’s state unemployment system reform legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Beau LaFave fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The measure is part of a bipartisan bill package that addresses the failures of the UIA based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. LaFave’s bill removes the interest…